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Milton Friedman

The Fragility Of Freedom

by Milton Friedmanvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, December 7, 2017

The periods and places in which there has been something approaching a free society have been few and far between.

Nation V. Tribe

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

America’s unique Constitution is an effort to subordinate the faction to the state.

Reasonable Searches In The Digital Age

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 4, 2017

The Fourth Amendment doesn’t prohibit the tracking of private individuals. 

The Path To Affordable Health Care

by Scott W. Atlasvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Incentivize consumers to seek value, increase the supply of care, and stimulate competition among providers.

Scientifically Illiterate America

by Henry I. Millervia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Citizens must have a basic knowledge of science to understand today’s policy issues. 

Let Them Bake Cake

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 27, 2017

The Supreme Court should end all totalitarian applications of state antidiscrimination law. 

Patent Respect

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 20, 2017

The Supreme Court has a chance to reaffirm the fundamental principle of separation of powers.

Invisible Slaves: The Victims and Perpetrators of Modern-Day Slavery

The Scourge Of Modern-Day Slavery

by W. Kurt Hauservia Defining Ideas
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Millions of people wake up each day to a life of forced labor, violence, sexual assault, and dehumanization. 

Technology And The Future Of War

by Williamson Murrayvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In our time of unconventional conflict and rogue actors, the most advanced countries have the most to lose. 

The Income Inequality Obsession

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 13, 2017

When it comes to tax reform, look first to economic growth and then redistribution. 


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